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Olomouc Travel Guide: 328 reviews and 1,156 photos

Still off the beaten track

Olomouc is often mentioned as having the second highest concentration of historically important items in the Czech Republic. Still, this is a city that has no postcard racks, no tshirt shops, no buses loaded with day trippers. There are tourists, but not that many. There were no lines at all at any of the city's sights and you had this delightful feeling of having the place to yourself.

This only adds to Olomouc's charm. It is a relaxed, beautiful city with a lot to offer. The people that say that it is like a miniature Prague without all the tourists are not far off the mark. Its like you are invited to come and see a real city going about its daily life with no great fussing or complications.

Olomouc is located in Moravia, in the eastern part of Czech Republic. Historically, this area was considered part of Czech Silesia with a large population of German-speaking Czechs. Olomouc itself has a population of about 102,000 and is the seat of the Olomouc Region.

First Visit

Most people use Olomouc as a stopover on the road to Krakow or Prague, just staying overnight before moving on. Sure, you could rush through and see many of the city's sights in a few hours in you wanted to. Olomouc is compact and easily walked.

My first visit was limited to two days and nights which was certainly enough to see the city's sights quite thoroughly. However, there are a lot of things to see nearby and I just didn't have enough time to see Bouzov Castle, Mucha's Slavic epic.

Recommended length of first visit would ideally be at least 3 days to be able to see the city and some of the best daytrips in the nearby region.

Must See

I know that not everyone likes museums. Olomouc houses the Archdiocese Museum which shows works belonging to the Archdiocese of Olomouc spanning almost 1,000 years. It is an excellent museum with a diverse and beautiful collection. Easily one of the best museums in the entire country!

While you are in Olomouc you should also make sure to have a good look at the astrological clock in the town center. What's different is that the figures represented are from the Communist period, chemists, workers, athletes. Quite a fascinating thing really.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:no tourist hordes, clean, vibrant city. The Archdiocese museum!
  • Cons:hotel prices are a bit pricey
  • In a nutshell:A gem of a city, great sights, nice people and a great energy
  • Last visit to Olomouc: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated Feb 2, 2013
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Val, fantastic page with very helpful information for indivdual travellers The Olomuc Hostel seems to be a real good find. Interesting info about the German speaking population here. Well done.

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    I didn't like Prague that much may be I should stop here next time, it seems to have some really small jewels.

    • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
      Jun 3, 2013 at 5:20 AM

      Thank you for visiting:) Olomouc was so different from Prague, you can visit for two days and some more time to see the surrounding area. I found hotels to be somewhat expensive, but the rest is not as expensive or crowded as Prague

  • slothtraveller's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    I had heard of Olomouc before but not really researched it. Your tips and photos make the city look like an ideal location from which to explore Central Europe. Thanks for the inspiration, Val! :)

    • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
      May 22, 2013 at 5:13 AM

      it is somehow still off the beaten track. Stay at the hostel, i found hotels a bit expensive. but a huge amount to see and much cheaper than Prague

  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Olomuc is in my "pending" list and after seen your tips it has advanced in the list
    Very good photos and interesting tips

  • TheTravelSlut's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    You are so right,,,a true hidden gem of a destination,,, :)

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    decided to visit a top page of yours for a city i had never heard of. great village, love the fountains and particularly the mythology that goes with them. nice page, enjoyable reading.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2012 at 3:56 AM

    The St. Wenceslas Cathedral is magnificent but even more impressive is the Holy Trinity Column. Seems you enjoyed your visit to Olomouc.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    You have made a lot of great updates here on this page since my last visit ! Thanks for sharing !

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    This looks like one of those lovely "off the beaten track" places which are so numerous in the Czech Republic and neighboring Slovakia.

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    The Holy Trinity Column looks so beautiful, a lovely page.

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